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Sunset over Lake Ponchartrain
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Free Things to do this Summer

Enjoy 35 free activities in New Orleans this summer

There’s no reason to break the bank during your summer vacation in New Orleans. From live music to museums and tours, there are plenty of free activities to take part in. No one quite does it like New Orleans. See our list of 35 free things to do this summer below and start exploring.

Rebecca Todd
Gallery Row
  1. Gallery hop in the Arts and Warehouse District
    Explore Gallery Row and the unique artwork, sculptures and photographs that adorn the walls. On the first Saturday of the month, you can enjoy a mini block party as well. You can also check out new gallery openings during First Saturdays, which-as you can guess-take place the first Saturday of each month.

  2. Enjoy live music at Musical Legends Park
    Tómese una selfie con Fats Domino, Pete Fountain o Al Hirt en Musical Legends Park en Bourbon Street mientras disfruta de algunos de los conciertos gratuitos diarios. La música comienza a las 10 am y el parque está abierto de jueves a lunes.

  3. Baile por Frenchmen Street
    Music once again fills the air from the many clubs and street-corner brass bands along this strip. While many bars have covers, you can also find plenty without, or enjoy the music in the streets. 

Rebecca Todd
Music Legends Park
  1. Catch street music, live
    Take a stroll of the French Quarter and you’re bound to run into spontaneous live music on the street. The show is free, but tipping a few dollars is encouraged.

  2. Watch the sunrise from Algiers Point
    Just across the Mississippi River from the French Quarter is historic Old Algiers. Wake up extra early to catch the sunrise from the levees of Algiers Point.

  3. Aprenda a catar champagne
    Todos los viernes, en el patio de Brennan's hay cata de champagne a las 5 p. m.

  4. Check out the Jazz Museum’s free courtyard concert series
    The New Orleans Jazz Museum chronicles the history of jazz in the city and is located right on the edge of the French Quarter. Grab a blanket and head to the museum’s courtyard on Tuesday evenings for free live jazz.

  5. Take a bike ride down Lafitte Greenway
    Disfrute de un paseo panorámico en bicicleta por la vía verde, que abarca varios vecindarios y tiene varios cafés, cervecerías y lugares para pasar el rato en el camino.

Sorena Briley
Algiers Point
  1. Celebrate the Fourth of July
    Enjoy a picnic outdoors at one of our many parks and enjoy the long weekend.

  2. Browse the shops on Oak Street
    Deténgase en la mezcla ecléctica de tiendas en la tranquila Oak Street, que incluye una tienda de historietas, un taller de reparación de guitarras y una librería usada.

  3. Support Black-owned businesses at these markets
    Both the New Orleans African American Museum and the Ashé Cultural Arts Center host monthly pop-up markets featuring Black vendors and artisans, plus music and more. Check their websites for more details.

Justen Williams
The French Quarter
  1. Observe el panorama en Jackson Square
    Artists sell their creations and tarot card readers tell you your future throughout Jackson Square. You can usually hear live music and admire street performers as well.

  2. Window shop on Royal and Magazine streets
    Wander down Royal and Chartres streets to admire art, antiques and oddities. Wander Magazine Street, famous for its eclectic shops and cozy eateries.

  3. Explore the Mardi Gras Collection at Arnaud's
    Go upstairs at Arnaud’s for a tour of Germaine Cazenave Wells Mardi Gras Museum.

  4. Enjoy a visit to Sazerac House
    Enjoy learning about one of New Orleans' most iconic cocktails, the Sazerac, at Sazerac House. Admission is free, just make sure to reserve your spot online in advance. 

  5. Relájese en los bancos de Bayou St. John 
    Mire las canoas y otras embarcaciones sin motor que flotan por el Bayou.

  6. Mire el atardecer desde Lakeshore Drive.
    Los bancos miran al hermoso Lago Pontchartrain en el vecindario Lakeview.

  7. Disfruta del ciclo de cine de verano del Orpheum
    El Teatro Orpheum vuelve con su ciclo de cine de verano gratuito que incluye Girls Trip (30/6), Soul (7/7), Spider Man: No Way Home (14/7), Moana (21/7) y Scream (28/7).

  1. Pasee por Garden District
    Admire las bellas mansiones y las verjas y balcones de hierro forjado en el vecindario
    Garden District.

  2. See the Historic New Orleans Collection
    The Historic New Orleans Collection offers free tours at both its Royal Street and Chartres Street campuses.

  3. Take the kiddos to the Louisiana Children’s Museum
    Once a month, Louisiana residents receive free admission to the Louisiana Children’s Museum courtesy of the Helis Foundation. Check the museum website for more details. 

Paul Broussard
City Park
  1. Visit Congo Square on Sunday afternoons
    Congo Square es un sitio histórico en Nueva Orleans donde las personas esclavizadas y las personas libres de color venían a celebrar la música, la danza y la cultura a lo largo de los siglos. Visite la plaza los domingos por la tarde para tocar tambores, escuchar música y bailar.

  2. Disfruta de Viernes de música gratis en Tipitina's
    Todos los viernes, del 27 de mayo al 2 de septiembre, disfrute de la serie de conciertos Free Fridays Concert Series. Los actos locales dominan el cartel, que incluye Soul Brass Band, Water Seed y Funky Uncle All-Stars.

  3. Recorra el French Market
    Browse stalls of souvenirs and clever baubles at the French Market.

  4. Visite la Catedral de St. Louis en Jackson Square.
    Esta iglesia histórica está abierta para el público y es muy bella. 

  5. Si vive en Luisiana, puede entrar gratis a varios museos.
    Gracias a la Fundación Helis, visite el Centro de Arte Contemporáneo los domingos, el Museo de Arte y Jardines Botánicos de Nueva Orleans los miércoles y el Museo de Arte Sureño de Ogden los jueves. Trae tu identificación de Luisiana para entrar gratis. 

  6. Take a free tour by foot
    Elija entre múltiples tipos de recorridos y aprenda sobre los fantasmas, la arquitectura y la historia de la ciudad. 

  7. Stroll the Besthoff Sculpture Garden
    The Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden is a beautiful, relaxing space to unwind located in City Park. Admission is free every day. 

Rebecca Todd
Crescent Park
  1. Go skating in Crescent Park
    Enjoy the afternoon sun and head to Crescent Park for rollerblading. The linear path provides plenty of room for skating, and you’re bound to meet friends while you hit your stride.

  2. Visite el Lower 9th Ward Living Museum
    Explore the history of New Orleans' historic Lower 9th Ward pre-, during, and post- Hurricane Katrina. Admission is always free.

  3. Head to City Park for a plant sale
    Visit City Park’s Botanical Gardens on select weekend mornings for the Pelican Greenhouse Plant Sale.

  4. Visit Longue Vue House & Gardens on Free Family Day
    Check out the beautiful grounds of Longue Vue on the first Sunday of every month. Louisiana families can stroll the gardens free of charge.

  5. Cool off with a trip to a NORD pool
    Go for a dip in a pool within the network of the New Orleans Recreation Department, free of charge.

  6. Visite la Milton H. Latter Memorial Library
    The New Orleans Public Library is in a stately mansion on St. Charles Avenue that once belonged to silent film star Marguerite Clark.

  7. Visit a Farmer’s Market around town
    Crescent City Farmers Market host weekly markets in different neighborhoods of the city. Pop into one to browse the in-season fruits and veggies and support our local farmers.